March 10, 1993 |
High atop a ridge in Coatesville, standing at the gravestone of Joseph H. Jones (1842-1904), you can watch the aerial event unfold above the four horizons. It is, as always, about half an hour before sunset. From afar, they are simply black dots, granules of pepper in a blue winter sky. But the dots are aligned in four distinct flight paths, and each path is streaming from a point on the compass toward the center - the nightly roosting grounds. As the dots grow closer, they sprout wings and beaks and glistening black feathers.
December 13, 1995 |
Laid off from its former job as the Wynnewood John Wanamaker department store eagle, the indomitable bronze bird launched a second career yesterday perched in the lobby of Norristown Area High School. It was a tight fit, but the big bird squeezed through the front doors by the skin of its beak, riding on a forklift truck that lifted it right to its new nesting place in the school lobby. Donated by Wanamaker's new owners, Hecht's Department Stores, which bought the 14-store chain in August, the bird will serve as a mascot for the high school football team, the Eagles, and the Marching Eagles school band.
February 2, 1998 |
When it comes to bird talk, children can only be fed a spoonful. That was evident at a "Kids Clinic" over the weekend. More than 30 children, anxious to build their own bird feeders, became restless when a lecture about birds stretched on for 30 minutes. Some sank into their chairs. Others looked around or stared at shoppers in the Estate of Geo. S. Snyder Inc., a home-improvement store where the clinic was held Saturday. One boy, whose hair was sticking out like he had just gotten out of bed, yawned repeatedly.
October 6, 1991 |
The competition in the Talking Bird division promised to be fierce: Zippee vs. Kiwi vs. San Diego, three of the best around. It had all the makings of a gabfest. Accordingly, a standing-room only crowd of about 250 enthusiasts packed a second-floor section of Garden State Park yesterday to hear the trio square off at the South Jersey Bird Club's 10th annual bird show. Judging was to be based on variety, clarity and number of words and phrases. First in the pecking order was Zippee, an 18-month-old maximillion pionus owned by 'Tricia M. Tedrick of Cinnaminson, an active member of the bird club.
July 22, 2003 |
It turns out Gloria - the person a lost African grey parrot was trying to tell handlers about at an Abington animal shelter - isn't Gloria after all. She is Laurie, the daughter of the parrot's owners, John and Larrice Campbell of Cheltenham. And the bird, a 6-year-old male named Fire, is back home on Waltham Road. The Campbells picked him up yesterday after submitting photos and medical records that proved they are the owners. "We're very happy," said Kim Bonanni, humane educator for the Montgomery County SPCA.
November 21, 2000 |
"Tales From the County" is a weekly feature highlighting the hidden treasures, odd occurrences, unsung heroes, and everyday interesting people of Chester County. There are two unassailable laws of Thanksgiving: Everyone buys a bigger turkey than needed. And everyone still worries about having enough. Even Ron and Mary Jason, whose turkey last year was the Moby Dick of poultry, tipping - nay, toppling! - the scales at 48 pounds. Still, they wanted this year's to be bigger.
August 27, 1992 |
In the end, conscience solved the mystery, but conscience came too late. The month-long search for Kansas the golden eagle ended in Norristown late Tuesday afternoon when a tipster with a guilty conscience led police to a wooded spot where the bird had finally come to rest. Kansas, an attraction at Elmwood Park Zoo since she was shot by a poacher in 1976, was decomposing in a shallow grave, abandoned to foxes and raccoons that gnawed her bones. The bird was stolen the night of July 27, when thieves climbed a roof and slit the mesh that formed the ceiling of her cage.
December 11, 2000 |
He is angry and sneaky. He throws tantrums in parking lots. He is wanted by officials around the city - and he's managed to elude all of them. Since June, a full-feathered peacock has been charging around the parking lots of the Presidential City Apartments on City Line Avenue, flaring its feathers and kicking the tires of cars, apartment officials say. "He is not friendly, and he is not happy about the cars," said Robert Houx, the apartment...
November 21, 1987 |
When Larry Bird went home to Boston, he apparently took with him all the famed Celtic pride that is supposed to be sewn into the fabric of those green uniforms. Bird accompanied his teammates on a morning flight to Philadelphia, then decided his aching Achilles' tendons wouldn't allow him to play last night against the Sixers. Since his competitive spirit compels him to try to play, even when it is November and his team has been winning and nothing tangible is on the line, Bird should be glad he didn't stick around to watch the game.
May 27, 1997 |
Gregg Gorton heard it over the horns and the engines, over the bus brakes squealing and the flat, static song of the house sparrow. TEA-cher, TEA-cher, TEA-cher. The clear, ringing sound climbed above the noise of the city. "It sounds like an ovenbird," Gorton said to himself. He veered off course, a wiry figure bent toward a patch of park that was mulched in bark shavings and encircled by a black iron fence, an angular space with a couple of trees along 12th Street at Clover in Center City.